“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”

-Psalm 82:3

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”

-Psalm 82:3

RE-MOVED

A YOUNG GIRL NAVIGATES THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

I KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO DIE

The heart-wrenching story of a foster care father who intentionally fosters terminally-ill children, knowing full-well that they’re going to die on his watch.

NO. OF CHILDREN IN LA FOSTER CARE

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HOMELESS POPULATION WHO SPENT TIME IN FOSTER CARE

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DECLINE IN FOSTER HOMES FROM 2005 TO 2015

FOSTER CHILDREN NEED THE CHURCH

A hopeful story of a family, who because of God’s heart for orphans, decided to become foster parents and then adopted their foster child.

PACIFIC CROSSROADS CHURCH

Three formidable issues that plague Los Angeles are homelessness, sex trafficking, and orphaned children. There are currently 35,000 children in the Los Angeles foster care system. Tragic statistics support the fact that many of these foster kids will eventually end up homeless and/or in the sex trade industry.

As a church, we are focusing our efforts on alleviating the problems of foster care to move out in our vision of “Lives transformed by God’s power; renewing Los Angeles for Christ.” Join us by simply taking the first step of exploring this website.

PACIFIC CROSSROADS EVENTS

PACK DUFFEL BAGS
May 7, 2017

9:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Santa Monica High School and St John’s Episcopal Church

We’ll be gathering together as a church for a special worship service and resource packing event for children in foster care. We’ll be packing 1,000 duffel bags with items and gifting them to agencies and social workers to give to kids. Many children who are removed from their home or change placements travel with their few belongings in a trash bag. Let’s bless them with the dignity of their very own bags that include a blanket, teddy bear, coloring book and hygiene kit.

invisible(s) Seminar
July 10, 2017

Location TBD

Join us for a special evening to hear from guest speaker, Jason Johnson, on the realities of foster care. This is a great event for anyone interested in engaging foster kids in any capacity – such as mentoring, advocacy, fostering, etc. The seminar will also feature representatives from local agencies and organizations who can answer questions or speak to individuals about any area of engagement.

Orphan Care 6-Week Class
September 24, 2017

Choir Room, Santa Monica High School

Simply put, learn the “why” and “how” to get involved with children in foster care. This class draws from scripture-based curriculum that is focused on the need for homes, mentors and volunteers for children who are in foster care. One of the course’s purposes is to show our own adoption into the family of God through Jesus and how we can bring the modern-day orphan into our communities.

JESSICA, 18 mo female

TIMELINE

DAY 1 – THE INCIDENT

A neighbor witnesses a violent confrontation and places a call to the Los Angeles child abuse hotline – (800) 540-4000.

DAY 2 – REMOVAL

A social worker and a police officer arrive at Jessica’s home to determine if conditions are clean and safe. After discovering clear signs of abuse, Jessica is forcibly removed and taken to a foster home.

DAY 5 – DEPENDENCY PETITION

Jessica’s parents, numerous lawyers, and a judge gather to determine Jessica’s immediate best interests. The judge rules that Jessica’s home is unsafe.

DAY 36 – DISPOSITION HEARING

A judge rules that Jessica’s father attend six months of anger management counseling, and her mother is required to enter into addiction rehabilitation.

DAY 178 – SIX MO. REVIEW

Jessica’s father hasn’t attended anger management counseling for the last three months, and her mother remains in rehabilitation. Jessica stays in foster care.*

DAY 345 – PERMANENCY HEARING

It is clear that Jessica’s parents are incapable of caring for her. Alternative long-term care options will now be explored.

DAY 363 – A NEW HOME

Jessica’s maternal aunt has elected to adopt her. She is removed from her foster home and placed in the care of her aunt within a matter of hours.

*Technically, children under three years old are on a “fast-track,” six-month permanency placement timeline, but courts routinely extend this period to well over a year.

SWEET CASES

On Sunday, May 7th, Pacific Crossroads Church will partner with Together We Rise to pack 1000 Sweet Cases – simple duffel bags filled with practical essentials and gifts like coloring books and a teddy bear, that replace the trash bags handed to them to haul their few possessions.

GET INVOLVED

Navigating the foster care system can be difficult. We want to make getting involved in orphan care, in whatever capacity, as simple as possible. Check back often for updates as we hone in on simpler and simpler methods to participate.

BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
SUPPORT BIOLOGICAL FAMILIES IN CRISIS
BECOME A CASA OR MENTOR
ASSIST FOSTER PARENTS

If you attend Pacific Crossroads Church and would like to connect with PCC families who are in the process of becoming foster parents, or currently have foster children in their home, contact Regan Williams.

DONATE TO FOSTER CARE INITIATIVES

On Easter Sunday, April 16, all tithes, offerings, and donations from Pacific Crossroads Church worship services will go towards the invisible(s) orphan care campaign – specifically to fund 1000 stuffed duffel bags (sweet cases) and sending 70 teens in foster care to summer camp.

 

CONTACT US

The invisible(s) campaign is just ramping up. If you’d like to contribute your time or skills to our campaign, or if you would like more information about the campaign in general, send us a message!